Posted by: Grandma E | 2007/12/18


Slow development - 18mnth old

My 18mnth old grandson have been examined by an orthopaedic paediatrician and then referred to a neurological paediatrician who diagnosed him with a possible 'underdeveloped' part of the left brain. She proposed a brain scan which can be done with anaesthetic. His normal development is quite slow (sat at 11mnths, crawled at 14mnths and cannot walk). He can walk with assistance but it seems as if the right leg is somewhat lazy which causes him to be unbalanced. I am not sure whether this is due to slow development or if it might be a defect. He can pull himself up against furniture and walk along it unattended clockwise leaning with his breast against the object.
Will a second opinion do and is a brain scan advisable at 18mnths?

Expert's Reply



You really need to have a clear diagnosis of your grandson's problem.The earlier this diagnosis is made the better for him.A paediatric neurologist is the correct person to make this diagnosis so please continue with the expert that is seeing him now.Do not be concerned about the brain scan as this is also done by highly skilled experts.

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